Articles Archive for January 2009

Interviews, Videos »

January 17th, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Interviews, Videos
Adisa Banjoko: Think Ahead

Adisa Banjoko deserves to be very famous, if only because he’s diligently spreading so many good ideas. As the CEO of the Hip-hop Chess Federation, which stands tough with The RZA and WuChess, he fuses and uses chess, Hip-hop, and martial arts to teach the youth strong life-strategy skills. Author of the essential essay/interview collections Lyrical Swords, Vol. 1 and 2, Adisa is pushing positive on all fronts.

Reviews »

January 08th, 2009 | 5 Comments | Category: Reviews

As elated as many of us are that we elected Barack Obama our next president, dälek is here to remind us that it ain’t all good. Opening with a minute-plus excerpt from a Reverend Wright sermon, Gutter Tactics (Ipecac, 2009) lets you know from jump that dälek isn’t caught up in the hoopla of hope. But don’t get it twisted. This record’s not a downer. It’s a get-the-fuck-up-er. Are you ready to make change for real? Are you ready for the realest, hardest Hip-hop there is? Your answer’s kind of …

Announcements, Marginalia »

January 06th, 2009 | One Comment | Category: Announcements, Marginalia

All good things must come to an end, and sadly in this first week of 2009, the Club Old Man Ramp Compound (or “The COMpound” as it was called) has come to its final, flaming days. After four years of harsh South Alabama sun and sporadic barbecue sessions, proprietor Greg Siegfried put the torch to the beast’s big belly.